Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy.

The Department counts 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties, who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education. They share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in the history of philosophy and also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.

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The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy will be held virtually on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 6pm.

 The event is free. You can register here:

The topic this semester will be a discussion about the allocation of scarce medical resources in a pandemic. Dr. Halpern will discuss the allocation of clinical resources and Dr. Lo will address the distribution of vaccines. There will be an open Q&A afterwards.

This will be a robust and interesting discussion of ongoing issues in hospitals.


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Upper Level Philosophy Courses for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022